Erik Jones retook the lead from Ty Dillon with 16 laps to go and won the NASCAR Xfinity race Saturday night at Iowa Speedway for his third victory of the season.
Jones led a race-high 154 of 250 laps, but it took a late inside move for Jones to overcome Dillon for his first victory since at Dover in May.
Dillon, seeking his first victory since Indianapolis in 2014, finished second. He’s winless in 66 races.
Elliott Sadler was third, followed by Brennan Poole and Dakoda Armstrong.
Brad Keselowski, the only Sprint Cup driver in the field, finished eighth. Keselowski will start seventh today in Pocono in Pennsylvania in the Cup race. Daniel Suarez, the series leader entering the race, failed to finish because of damage to the No. 19 car.
Pagenaud takes Mid-Ohio pole: IndyCar points leader Simon Pagenaud knows Team Penske teammate Will Power is chasing him down so earning the pole at Mid-Ohio Race Sports Car Course was important.
Pagenaud set a course record with a lap at 127.271 mph around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course Saturday to edge Power.
The Frenchman Pagenaud increased his lead to 48 points entering the race today.
“That’s what you need to do to win the championship,” Pagenaud said. “It’s a long season. That’s what we were doing at the beginning of the season to extend the gap.”
It was his sixth pole position of the season and the eighth of his career. He won three of the first five races and had top-three finishes in the other two but has made only one podium in the past six races.
“We’ve been good the whole season,” Pagenaud said. “The pole position shows your strength and speed, but (today) is when the points really matter.”
Pagenaud competed despite a sore back. He was hurt in practice Friday.
“All of a sudden it was like somebody jammed a knife in my back,” he said. “This morning the pain was 10 out of 10.
Power temporarily held the course record in qualifying before being surpassed by Pagenaud, but will start in the front row and is in good position to win for the fourth time in the past five races, including the last one at Toronto on July 17.
The Australian hopes for good weather today after two days of showers.
“A dry race would be very nice,” Power said. “This course in the rain is very tough. Whatever it is we’ll try to the best we can to. We’ve got to beat to make sure we have a good day and keep beating the 22 car (Pagenaud).”
Defending champion Graham Rahal, from nearby Columbus, will start sixth in the race his father, Bobby, won twice.